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“Amazing Grace” is a truly beautiful song. But how sad that many music artists around the world while lending their beautiful voices and instrumental skills to the song hardly appreciate what the song is truly all about! Well, it contains the simple gospel message of the awareness of sin, the grace of God in saving souls, and the joy of the believer upon receiving that message. Is grace amazing to YOU? Are the words of this beautiful hymn the language of your heart?
The Gospel of John, chapter 9, is entirely dedicated to the story of one poor blind man and his encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ. It was one of the “sign” miracles that the apostle John included in his gospel – miracles that displayed the glory of God in Christ. This man was blind from birth and would never be able to see apart from divine intervention. How similar to this is our own condition. We are also blind from birth as far as the spiritual dimension is concerned. In our natural condition, we are not able to see and appreciate Christ for Who He is. Nor do we rightly understand our own standing before God as sinners. Our message this week looks into the circumstances of this man’s story and how it applies to us even today.
Time cannot be better spent than to sit at the foot of the cross and considering the death of our Lord Jesus Christ. There we see where God’s love and His judgment met together. There is no greater display of the grace of God for the very sinners who tortured and taunted Him there. Have you ever stopped long enough at the cross to think upon what was actually happening there and why?
You know, we would be in denial if we didn’t concede that the world in which we live is filled with death, sorrow, fear, pain, and hopelessness. And we are powerless in the face of death, our final enemy. The Bible says that through fear of death, we are in bondage our whole lives. But the Lord Jesus has power over death. He was and still is the conqueror over the grave. Believers have eternal life – life that goes on beyond the grave. Interested? Then, listen as the wonderful story of Lazarus in John chapter 11 unfolds.
Not long after the Israelites had been rescued from slavery under Pharaoh, King of Egypt, they started complaining and rebelling against God, bringing upon themselves judgment in the form of venomous snakes that bit the people. But God in His mercy provided a remedy. Moses hung a brass snake upon a pole - and all who looked upon it lived. The application is simple. Sin causes suffering, sadness, and death. The remedy? Christ himself, just like that brass snake, would be lifted up on a cross and guilty sinners who look to Him will be saved. Have YOU ever looked to Christ to have your sins forgiven?